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Hartley only has eyes for Saints

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With a big year to come on the international stage, Dylan Hartley is first and foremost ready to knuckle down and give it his all for the black, green and gold cause.

Still undefeated as England skipper, the hooker has led the side to the verge of a 14-game winning streak that would match the record of the class of 2003. There’s also a Lions tour to New Zealand at the end of the season that is already on most people’s radar.

“Before that is the start of the Premiership season and I want to help Northampton do well after we underachieved last year," Hartley said when questioned. "The league is more open than ever.

“How do you get to be picked by the Lions? You play well for your country. How do you get to play for your country? You play well for your club. How do you play well for your club? You train hard in pre-season, which is now, and you start the season well.

"For me it is all about Northampton, playing well, making sure I hold my hand up, making sure Eddie sees me and I'm in good form.

“I am just happy with where I am at the moment, focusing on club and country.”

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